Summer ikat dress inspiration

summer ikat dresses

Don’t know what ikat inspired prints are? Read this.

Have you dipped a toe into summer dress shopping yet? It’s that time of year (one of my favs) and I want to give you some fresh inspiration today by way of one of the current trends: ikat prints!

Check out these 5 ikat summer dress ideas:

1. Classic.

This lovely strapless maxi dress is what I’d consider a more typical ikat print. It’s a gorgeous color isn’t it? Find similar dresses here, here and here.

2. Abstract.

This maxi ikat is a more abstract or modern version, and since it’s possibly out of y’alls budget, use it as inspiration and check out similar dresses with the modern/abstract ikat vibe here, here and here.

3. Geometric.

I adore this strapless geometric ikat dress because it’s easily dressed up with the right jewelry, curly hair and killer heels or dressed down with sandals and a chambray shirt. Find similar looks here, here and here.

4. Sweet.

This sweet ikat print with hearts is more feminine and that’s what makes it stand out. Check out other styles like this here, here and here.

5. Sophisticated.

I adore this final look – ikat sash over paisley looking print. It’s a more sophisticated way to wear ikat, don’t you think? Be epic in similar styles here, here and here.

Do you enjoy the ikat trend? Which of these dresses or looks fit your style best?


Arianne creates style ideas, writes thoughts on parenting 4 children, plants knowledge in young minds, curates lovely things, and does it all with an eye for the story being woven through her each and every day. As the owner of Mabel + Riv, she strives to bring you inspiration, handmade creations and beauty from voices across the creative-sphere. Find her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram as @ariannesegerman.

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  1. I love dress #3! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. I like #3 too. Too bad strapless and I don’t do so well together.

    • I don’t do so well with strapless, either, but depending on the cut of the dress, sometimes I can pull it off with a t-shirt underneath. In fact, that’s what I’m wearing right now! (Might not work with a dress cut like the one in Arianne’s examples, though)

    • Arianne says:

      I can’t pull off strapless as is, either, but often a cardigan can cover bra straps, or the t-shirt idea from Megan (commenter below) looks really cute!

  3. I’m so loving the ikat trend – hunting for fabric to make pillows for my loft! I saw some great ikat shorts in a mag – added a worldy sophistication to them. I really like #1 – the purple is quite a statement – would look great with a gold, collar necklace, some large gold, filigree earings and smokey eyes for a night out.

    • Arianne says:

      I’m envisioning that outfit and LOVE IT. Great ideas! I’ve been holding myself from having a full on “ikat week” here at SD – just love the beautiful prints so much!

  4. I’m drawn to the first and second dresses. The first one for color and comfort, but I like the spaghetti straps on the second one. Too bad it’s so pricey!!!

    • I know, that price. Yeesh! I also found this one that totally made me think of you (and your effort to get more color in your wardrobe!). Not a maxi, but super cute and flattering and cute straps… (and affordable! it’s a last call by neiman marcus)

  5. I have to say that I’m not normally drawn to ikat looks, but I do love #4! I love the other sweet examples, too. So fun and SO SUMMER!

  6. I need you to come dress me. Stat. We could have a What Not To Wear!

  7. Chrissy Blake says:

    Summer dresses are really perfect in the warmer weather. They keep you cool and are so easy to throw on before going out. I just went shopping at Burlington and found some really beautiful dresses there at great prices. They had the same styles and designers I had seen in the department stores, but at better prices. You should look at

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